Boo wrote:I installed mint debian on my new system and installed mintupdate-debian and added the debian.linuxmint.com repo and updated.
It was esentially updating every package, it took forever to DL and has failed to the point that i wil have to reinstall.
ie It went from 1100+ packages installed to 425 and 4 broken, and 301 to be removed. LOL
I did this myself a little over a week ago. Installed the Dec. 2010 (64 bit) release and installed "mintupdate-debian" and pointed LMDE to the new "latest" repository before upgrading (deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest
testing main contrib non-free). My results were about the same as yours, Boo--8 broken packages and 2 failures by the new MintUpdate to complete the update. However, after installing the original 8 month old release of LMDE a half a dozen times over the past 2 months (just trying new stuff out) I fully expected this to happen and between Synaptic and the terminal I completed the update. To make matters a bit more complicated there were also a few, what I would consider (for everyday users) major tweaks, before I could get LMDE with the revamped update system to boot up without seeing several errors during the boot up process. It always succeeded booting into the desktop but the boot up errors had to be fixed nonetheless. It's been running fine since then with the exception of having no login sound but I also expected this.
I should probably note that if I stay with the original "debian testing" repository for updating rather than the new repositories I always select a mirror repo for updating as trying to drag in well over 1100 updates from the Debian.org server is mind numbingly slow.
The point being is that attempting to do a fresh install of the original LMDE release is pretty much a non-starter now and imho, shouldn't be considered a viable base for any new Mint release as updating a fresh install, even using the new update system, cannot be completed successfully unless the user really (and I mean really) knows what they're doing.
That being said, the LMDE "respin" that's supposed to be coming out fairly soon coupled with the new update system should solve all these problems, yes?
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